Ernest Natali Lombardi (1908-1977) was once referred to as “the slowest man to ever play major league baseball well.” His lack of speed was, however, overshadowed by his legendary and powerful line drives as well as long shots over fence. He was considered one of the greatest defensive catcher’s of his era as well, appearing in 100 or more game with the Cincinnati Reds in ten consecutive seasons. Lombardi primarily played for the Reds (1932-1941) and the Giants (1943-1947) during his 17-year career. Ernie Lombardi was renowned for his lead feet, but that did not deter him from being selected eight All-Star games and was not a factor as he won the 1938 National League Most Valuable Player award. He also helped the Reds win the 1939 NL pennant and 1940 World Series title. In 1938, Ernie holds the distinction of catching Johnny Vander Meer’s consecutive no-hitters against the Boston Bees and Brooklyn Dodgers, respectively. Ernie Lombardi retired with a career .306 batting average with 1,792 hits, 190 home runs, 602 runs scored and 990 RBI. The Veterans Committee elected Ernest Natali Lombardi to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986.